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Review:manno_malfoy says:
Hello! I'm here from the Ravenclaw common room for the review battle!

Okay, speechlessness is dominant at the moment. I can't even have my brain function properly anymore. And all from less than a thousand words. I don't even you've managed to do that, how you've strung up the words into such elegant, flawless sentences, how you've managed to fit in so many conflicting emotions and so much sadness in this story.

I think that, here, you've taken on a very unique and refreshing perspective. I've read from various points of view about the Marauders but never from McGonagall's. Your story has made me admire her even more, even though I'm not entirely sure how that is possible. You just made her shine in this story; her feelings just glow with sincerity and motherly-hood -it's just unbelievably touching. I especially liked how she partly blamed herself for Lily's and James's death.

I also like how you've stressed on how the war had not been won and how Minerva was not so naive as to believe that the fact that Voldemort has fallen meant victory for those on the other side of the war. It just sounds so much like her.

The best thing about this story, from my point of view, is your imagery. You just have this very exquisite way with words and if I were to choose my favourite comparison in this story, I'd quote the whole thing, honestly.

This has been such an amazing read and I'm so glad to have stumbled upon it. Wonderful, wonderful work!

-Manno

Author's Response: Hi, thanks for choosing this fic to review. :)

Eee, thank you so much for your compliments. I honestly don't even know what else to say besides that. I'm usually a wordy person so it was difficult for me to pack a fic into such few words, but I managed to do it. Angst is definitely where I feel comfortable so I'm glad the emotions came across well enough for you.

I don't think I've really read a fic from McGonagall's POV about this time period either. I really wrote this as an outtake for my fic Portraits of Courage but it was certainly a perspective I've never taken before either. Her role in PoC is one where she definitely feels motherly and there is a lot of guilt because she's recruiting them to join the Order and she knows that they're basically signing their youth away.

I really didn't want to emphasize that though Voldemort was "defeated" that it was cause for celebration, especially for those who have lost loved ones. His downfall won't ever bring them back and I think that's important to remember.

Aw, I'm glad the imagery worked for you! This was a pretty simplistic style for me so I was worried it wasn't going to be as expressive as I am usually, but good things so far, which is nice.

Hehe, thanks so much. You are really way too kind. Thank you.


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